Disciplines

Soloists may enter only once per discipline. Dancers with two solos in the same category must register the second as "adjudication only" or into the "open" category. There is one exception to this rule; dancers may perform in the contemporary or modern category twice in the event the category is not merged for their age at that particular venue. Duo and Trio dancers must have a change of partners to compete twice in the same category.

Student Choreography
The category is reserved for dancers whom have choreographed their own routines (or have had the routine choreographed by another student under the age of 18yrs). This category is an open category for dancers performing a self choreographed routine of any discipline. Dancers do not need to submit notes on their choreography.

Tap
No pre-recorded tap sounds allowed. Heeled or flat tap shoes permitted. 90% of dancers must be in tap shoes in this category.

Lyrical
Routine utilizing primarily ballet and jazz technique to express emotion. Balance, control and extension should be demonstrated.

Pointe- Ballet
A routine where 30% or more of the dancers are on pointe and the majority of the routine is performed on pointe in a balletic style. All dancers must have the same style of shoe on booth of their feet. Any routine where a dancer is wearing one pointe shoe only must perform in the pointe-contemporary or open division. The division is to be calculated utilizing overall ballet training, not pointe training. 

Pointe-Contemporary
A contemporary or modern routine performed on pointe. Dancers may perform with only one pointe shoe in this division if desired. The division is to be calculated utilizing overall contemporary/modern/ballet training, not pointe training. 

Classical Ballet & Character ballet (demi-pointe)
Routines incorporating classical or character ballet technique on demi should be entered into these categories. The Character ballet division is for routines portraying a character. All routines in the classical division must be entirely performed on demi-pointe, routines in the character division may be performed in character shoes or on demi-pointe. Note: Group routines may have "featured" dancers on pointe as long as less than 30% of the dancers in the routine are performing on pointe. If more than 30% of the dancers in the routine are performing on pointe the routine must enter one of the pointe divisions.

Jazz
Highly athletic routine incorporating a majority of jazz technique. May not have more than five acrobatic tumble passes.

Contemporary
Routine demonstrates contemporary exploration of fundamental ballet and jazz training. May be merged with the Modern division depending on the number of entries received.

Modern
Routine demonstrates varied modern techniques inclusive but not limited to modern dance influences of Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Mary Wigman. Depicts free, creative and expressive movement styles that could be closely related to actual human life. Expressive dance artistry is forefront. May be merged with the Contemporary division depending on registrations received.

Song & Dance (Variety Arts)
Routine involves both singing and dancing. Pre-recorded vocals are not permitted during the “song” portion. Stage floor microphones may or may not be available depending on the venue.

Musical Theatre & Stage (Variety Arts)
Musical Theatre routines include those with lip-synching and dramatization. Stage routines include theatrical Broadway elements but do not include lip-synching. Both emphasize theatrics and facial expression and may involve the use of props/set. Musical Theatre and Stage routines will compete in the same category, thus lip-synching is not required. This division will be merged together with Song and Dance to create the “Variety Arts” discipline in the overall awards.

Hip Hop
Routine consisting primarily of hip-hop, break-dance and street dance technique.

National/Traditional
A routine of national origin, for example; Highland, Polynesian, Chinese, as well as traditional routines such as Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango and Latin/ballroom origins. National/Traditional divisions are not ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd and will receive medal standings only.

Acrobatics
Routine incorporating a majority of acrobatic/gymnastics technique and tricks. The five acrobatic sequence limit is waived in this division. Mats are prohibited.

Performance
The performance division is reserved for routines that are seeking a special performance category for their unique situation. This may include routines such as wheelchair dance routines, blind/deaf, and/or any other special circumstance that requires its own category but does not warrant being placed into the “Open” division. The Performance division is for adjudication only. Routines entering into the Performance division should notify Synergy Dance administration if special arrangements are needed such as wheelchair ramps/elevators, etc.

Open
This category is for any routine that does not seem appropriate in any of the above listed categories. The Open division may include any variety of interdisciplinary routines and no restrictions are placed. The Open division is merged with the Acrobatics division for qualification into the Showdown finals.